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Prevent Windows Explorer from loading the complete executable file while browsing network folders

Prevent Windows Explorer from loading the complete executable file while browsing network folders

On Windows Vista, when browsing to a network folder containing executables, Windows Explorer seems to load all the files completely just to be able to show the executable icon (the resource monitor indicates loads of traffic during the loading of the directory)

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"Are you absolutely sure the machine is not infected with a virus (and attempting to infect the network files)?

Also, is it faster to access the folders the second time? If not, the icon caching may not be working, so it could be a problem with IconCache.db or perhaps with the cache limit is too small (google for ""Max Cached Icons"" for more info)

This could be caused by an faulty add-on that hooks into windows explorer, so you might try AutoRuns (from sysinternals) to see what non-Microsoft addons are being loaded and possibly disable them.

Also, are you sure it is just the exes that cause the problem? You may get speed problems if any of the files in the folder are associated with a program which is no longer there and windows explorer constantly attempts to open this non-existent program to find the icon. (For this to cause network traffic, presumably it the program must have been originally installed on the network).

ShellExView from Nirsoft or Process Monitor (from Sysinternals) might also help if that is the case."